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As much fun as off roading in the snow can be, hypothermia is a real risk, one that can result in death. Being fully prepared before heading out can make the difference if you survive the trip if something should go wrong. From the El Paso County Search and Rescue, here is a list of preparedness tips and items needed in winter survival.

WINTER SURVIVAL/PREPAREDNESS
Compliments of El Paso County Search & Rescue

Clothing
Layers Polypropylene/Capilene – next to skin, wicking layer
Synthetics/ wool/pile – insulation layer
Windproof shell – ie Gore-tex 2. Mittens – better than gloves
Hat – over 50% heat loss through head

Hypothermia Symptoms
98.6 Normal body temperature.
95.0 Paleness, drowsiness, listlessness, shivering. Then mental confusion, armpits and abdomen become cold, blue lips, goose bumps.
93.2 Loss of memory, movements slow and hard, irrational behavior hands can no longer hold things.
91.4 Shaking stops, unconsciousness, shallow breathing, 50% chance of survival.
89.6 Slow weakened pulse. Heart may stop. 30% chance of survival.
68-77 Heart stops.

Remove wet clothing and replace with dry as soon as possible. Feed the victim warm drinks, tea, coffee or hot soup if the victim is conscious and able to drink. May need to help victim warm up with additional heat source such as heat packs, hot water bottles or even placing a warm dry body in contact with the victim in a sleeping bag.

Frostbite
Cold, stinging, then numbness in extremities. Discoloration of flesh First white, then gray, then yellowish-gray, then blueish-purple, indicates increasing severity of frostbite.
Remove wet clothing, cover exposed skin. Try to warm injured area and keep from refreezing. Do not rub injured area with snow. Warm water at 104 degrees if possible.

Stranded in Vehicle
Don’t panic – do not keep pushing on if visibility is very poor. Stay with the vehicle, better shelter and easier to find. Run motor to keep warm. Keep window cracked for air. Keep tailpipe clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Eat and drink fluids to maintain the ability to generate body heat. Drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
Exercise – move your arms and legs to help stay warm.

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Off roading in the wintertime brings on new challenges, as I have mentioned before, however sand and snow are not much different other than extreme freezing temperatures! Here are some helpful tips to help keep you from winding up stuck in a position that could put you at serious risk.

1. When riding through deep snow or sand, deflate your tires slightly to increase the tire’s footprint and provide better traction. Remember though that deflated tires decrease your ground clearance. Also do not forget to re-inflate them before going back out on the public roads.

2. Use higher gears and keep your speed up and your momentum steady to pull through. Avoid spinning your tires. When you spin your tires you heat them up and the snow beneath you causing melting, then icy slicker conditions. If your wheels start to spin, ease off the throttle just a bit and allow the tires to slow down and regain traction.

3. If you lose traction and your jeep is barely moving start turning the steering wheel quickly from side to side in short strokes, causing a rocking motion and allowing the front tire walls to find extra grip. You don’t have to turn them more than an 1/8th of turn side to side.

4. If packed snow conditions force you to drive in ruts, always know where your front wheels are pointed. Your Jeep will follow the follow the ruts, even when you try turning out of them. Keep your wheel in line with the rut. Should you encounter an area where the rut is not as severe and you have your wheel turned out of the rut, your tire will regain traction causing your Jeep to veer off sharply and quickly making it very possible for you to lose control and cause damage to your Jeep.

5. Remember that hard snow crossed in the early morning can be impassable when soft in the afternoon.

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